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Notes and Numbers: Stanford at Arizona Wildcats

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— Arizona has been through two Elite Eights, a Sweet 16 finish and two Pac-12 championships over the 141 games since Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York started their Wildcat careers on Nov. 11, 2012, at McKale Center against Charleston Southern. Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett were fellow freshmen on that team. Jerrett started and Ashley was the sixth man in that opener. Both left Arizona early. Jerrett surprisingly left after his freshman season and his basketball career is limbo after the Utah Jazz waived him last October. Ashley left after last season and played most of the season in the NBA’s D-League and is now in Germany. … Tarczewski, one victory shy of tying Matt Muehlebach’s school-record 109 wins in games played in a career, did not turn pro prematurely and York did not transfer. They will experience the rewards of a full college athletic experience today during Senior Day. Not only will Ashley and Jerrett be envious but so will all the one-and-done players in the NBA, at least for this day. …

— Tarczewski recorded four points and four rebounds in his collegiate debut, the 82-73 win over Charleston Southern. His 10 points and 12 rebounds against Cal on Thursday gave him 1,149 points and 837 rebounds in his career. He ranks No. 39 in career scoring at Arizona and is tied with Bill Reeves for No. 5 in rebounds. “Zeus”, as he is called by endearing fans, has established himself as one of the best centers to play at Arizona. He and Anthony Cook and Channing Frye are the only Arizona players to be ranked among the top 40 scorers and top 10 rebounders and shot blockers in the program’s history. …

— York made only one shot and finished with two points in his first college game four seasons ago. He played only 87 minutes in 15 games as a freshman, out of the primary rotation behind guards Mark Lyons, Nick Johnson and Jordin Mayes. Rumblings of a potential transfer circulated because of only 12 starts through his first 53 games as a sophomore. His 30 starts this season are five more than he tallied in his first three seasons combined. After York scored 19 second-half points, including the game-winning three-pointer against Cal on Thursday night, Arizona coach Sean Miller said: “I can’t think of a more deserving kid, player, somebody who embodies all of the qualities you want from a student-athlete than Gabe. He’s the guy that as a freshman didn’t play. He was the guy as a sophomore who was a tremendous player off the bench on the No. 1 team. Last year, he grew and didn’t get enough credit for the season that he had. And here he goes, coming off of a week last week (at Colorado and Utah) in which maybe he didn’t play that well, and he worked hard … to see him do it with this type of pressure (against Cal), it’s a memory that I think I’ll never lose.” …

— York has evolved into one of the top four productive three-point shooters in school history, trailing only Salim Stoudamire, Jason Gardner and Damon Stoudamire. He might join those three players and Steve Kerr as the only Arizona players to reach 100 three-pointers in a season. He is at 79 with potentially as many as 10 games remaining in the Pac-12 tournament and NCAA tournament. … York deserves to be on Arizona’s All-Persevere Team, players who stuck it out to the end to make their career memorable when it could have easily gone the other way. …


ARIZONA ALL-PERSEVERE TEAM

Jason Terry — Didn’t become a starter until his senior season, establishing himself as one of college basketball’s top sixth men as a sophomore and junior.
Reggie Geary — Played behind Damon Stoudamire and out of the spotlight for most of his first three seasons before emerging as one of the Wildcats’ leaders as a senior in 1995-96.
Nic Wise — Battled weight problems and a knee injury but stuck it out despite contemplating a transfer or playing professionally overseas instead of completing his senior year in Miller’s first season.
Gabe York — After playing less than 100 minutes in only 15 games as a freshman, viewed as a defensive liability, York’s time at Arizona was viewed as limited but now he is one of the best shooters to ever wear the Wildcat uniform.
Jawann McClellan — Academic problems and the death of his father early in his career almost forced him to transfer closer to his Houston home but McClellan stayed until the end even though his coach, Lute Olson, went on a leave of absence in his senior season of 2006-07.


— Tarczewski, who is shooting 55.2 percent from the field, has some work to do to amass a better percentage than Ryan Anderson (56.4) and Dusan Ristic (55.6). If Tarczewski is able to emerge as Arizona’s best field-goal shooter, he would earn that distinction in each of the four years of his career. The only four-year leaders in shooting percentage in Arizona history were Channing Frye (2001-2005) and Al Fleming (1972-1976). …

— Speaking of Fleming, his potent, hard-to-defend bullish style along with Bob Elliott on the frontcourt helped the 1974-75 team establish a record for opponent disqualifications of 38. After Cal had a couple of foul-outs on Thursday night, the number is now at 33 of opponents who have been disqualified this season because of fouls.

— This is a correction of a previous note I wrote for TucsonNewsNow.com as part of the Nothing but the Notes column: Miller is actually 17-1 vs. Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching tree. He is 2-0 against Krzyzewski, 11-0 against Johnny Dawkins of Stanford, 2-0 against ASU’s Bobby Hurley, 1-1 against Jeff Capel when Capel was at Oklahoma and 1-0 against Tommy Amaker of Harvard (from when the Wildcats beat Harvard in the 2013 NCAA tournament). … The last time Dawkins beat Arizona? On Jan. 4, 2009, in a 76-60 win over the Russ Pennell-coached Wildcats at Maples Pavilion. The Wildcats, who were in the midst of a four-game losing streak against Stanford, missed all eight of their three-point attempts in that game. Current Arizona freshman center Chance Comanche was only 10 years old. …

— Stanford sophomores Michael Humphrey and Dorian Pickens grew up in Phoenix and faced each other several times in high school. They are in the middle of their second trip back to the state as Stanford teammates. They have each played in every game this season. In Thursday’s game at ASU, they combined to score 34 of Stanford’s 64 points. In Stanford’s last six games, the duo has combined to average 29.7 points per game. …

— What did Stanford do to deserve this? Arizona will host the Cardinal on Senior Day for the third consecutive year. The Wildcats won the last two regular-season finales against the Cardinal by a combined 35 points. Arizona is a perfect 6-0 on Senior Day under Miller and have won its final home game of the year in each of its past seven seasons. … The snapshot of last year’s win over Stanford was T.J. McConnell winning the mental edge over Chasson Randle and kissing the midcourt at McKale drawing a wild response at McKale Center and on social media. …

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STANFORD (15-13, 8-9)
AT NO. 18 ARIZONA (23-7, 11-6)

Tip Time: 2:07 p.m. MST
TV: CBS (Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb)
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)

THE SERIES
Overall: Arizona leads 60-29
In Tucson: Arizona leads 33-8
Current Streak: Arizona won 12
Last Meeting: Arizona won 71-57 in Stanford on Jan. 21, 2016
Sean Miller vs. Stanford: 11-0

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY RATING?:
PP: Productivity Points (Points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocked shots, FGs made, FTs made added together and then subtracted by missed FGs, missed FTs, personal fouls and turnovers)
MIN: Minutes played overall
PR: Productivity rating per minute played (Productivity points divided by minutes played)

SEASON PRODUCTIVITY RATING
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PRODUCTIVITY REPORT
ARIZONA PAC-10/12
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR:
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Previous vs. Stanford:
ARIZONA 71, STANFORD 57
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

* — STARTERS
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Previous game:
ARIZONA 64, CAL 61
PRODUCTIVITY RATING

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HOW ARE THEY DOING?
Present power ranking of non-conference opponents Arizona has played according to KenPom.com.
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PAC-12 POMEROY RATINGS
Present RPI ranking of Pac-12 teams according to KenPom.com.
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ARIZONA’S 1,000-POINT SCORERS
Overall
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Before Arizona
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1987-88 (by end of that season)
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Before Arizona
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THREE-POINT GOALS SEASON
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ARIZONA’S TOP SCORING CENTERS
Rank: Overall school ranking.
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MOST CAREER REBOUNDS
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MOST CAREER VICTORIES IN GAMES PLAYED
Note: Gabe York is at 103 wins.
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MOST CAREER STARTS
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THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS CAREER
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ARIZONA SCHEDULE/PRODUCTIVITY RESULTS
*-John Wooden Legacy in Fullerton/Anaheim (Calif.)
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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